Published by Tanishq Juneja on February 13, 2014
There is no Spiderman or Superman in Email Marketing. No miracles. No short cuts for lightening fast success. No hitting six on the first ball. Itâs not a one day cricket, itâs a test match.
Whether you are a naive start up or an accomplished star, everyone has to go through a process of âWarm upâ in Email Marketing. Itâs an industry buzz and you have heard this from your ESP quite often. Letâs get to know it better!
What is a warm up?
Warm up is a process of beginning email marketing with the goal of establishing a good reputation in the eyes of MSPs. When email is sent from a fresh IP and Domain, MSPs notice it immediately and start their evaluation. They keep an eye on everything like number of emails sent, responsiveness, hard bounces, abuse complaints, etc. So, it is best to begin with a very small number of emails and eventually find your way up.
Who needs it?
Traditionally, warm up plan is shared for marketer who starts emailing with Cold or Fresh IP address. With MSPs becoming better at what they do, now every email marketer needs a warm up plan, whether you are on clustered or dedicated IPs. Even if you are an established email marketer, but just switched to a new ESP or Email Marketing Partner or a new domain, you need a warm up. Google observes everything, right from Fresh IP and Envelop Domain to URL, etc. and all of them need a warm up. If you try to overlook this and act smart like a fresher in the college, be ready to be ragged.
What is the best warm up plan for me?
Over the past few years, we have seen lots of email marketers experimenting with warm up plans to find out what is best for them. We salute their bravery and consistency from which we learnt – âSuccess is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.â
Itâs not about the best plan – itâs about the key elements and recommended schedule that will lead to a good reputation.
a.Â Â Â Â Key Elements – donât skip it at all:
b.Â Â Â Recommended Schedule:
[Mailing should be done on Active data in batches/chunks which can be sent every 3 to 4 hrs]
The more careful you are during the warm up, the better foundation you will lay for long term. In the end, everyone gets benefitted with the right emails, delivered to the right people in the right box – Inbox.
Post warm up disasters:
So you think this is the end of your problem? No, not really! We have had some really cruel experiences of great warm up plans failing due to ignorance and over excitement of scaling email volumes fanatically post warm up. We donât wish to witness such experiences any more.
5 things to keep in mind as âBest Practices: Post Warm-Upâ
This will ensure you stay out of trouble anytime during your email marketing programme. Do share your ideas of warm up and success stories with us.